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Issue 146• Friday, June 27, 2014
Not saying that everything diverged from typi-
cal Hollywood schlock but there has been a defi-
nite boost of potential and motivation and we saw
it first with The Lego Movie. The summer lineup is
impressive with movies like Xmen Days of Future
Past, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your
Dragon 2, all providing an exceptional sense of cin-
ematic vigour in their own respective fields, all
being movies of different genres where effort and
pay off are both hand in hand. Before we look at
what 2014 has in store for us over the last two
months of summer, I feel it necessary to say:
Thank you 2014- you done good.
Directed by: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon
Once upon a time, in the far away land called
2011, Melissa McCarthy made her mark in cinema
by being the best part of an already fantastic film
known as Bridesmaids. Now we have her directo-
rial debut, co-directed and co-written with her
husband. Tammy stars McCarthy as a fast food
worker who hits the road with her hard drinking
and profane grandmother played by Susan Saran-
Deliver Us from Evil
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Munn
Eric Bana is one of the more underrated actors
in cinema, judged mainly on his performance in
Ang Lee's poorly received adaptation of The Hulk
as opposed to his fascinating roles in Munich and
Hanna. But this film- THIS FILM...probably
wouldn't change anything. The film is inspired by
the police files and novel by Det. Ralph Sarchie
who gives an account of his investigations delving
into the world of the occult. So it's essentially
Crime Watch but with more Satan. The film's
greatest advantage is Scott Derrickson behind the
camera. With films like The Exorcism of Emily
Rose and Sinister under his belt, he certainly
knows how to build tension and deliver scares.
There's definite potential with this one.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Some Apes, the
Apparently the film's development took a cru-
cial turn during a board meeting where the pro-
ducers were stumped as to how to make a movie
with super intelligent apes more terrifying than
the movie about super intelligent apes that came
before it. They spent seven days until a drifter
walks in and writes 'put em on horses' on the
whiteboard and he walks out without a word.
None of the producers have seen the drifter since.
This film was made to find that drifter and thank
him. This is what happened. Don't look on the In-
ternet, take my word for it.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes not only suc-
ceeded in having an unnecessarily long title but
was also one of the greatest sequels Hollywood
ever spit out. This movie takes place in a far more
desolate and ravaged future where a war between
the dwindling numbers of humans and the super
intelligent apes is imminent. The trailer packs a
definite emotional punch and there's evidence of
CGI being used to not only design exciting set
pieces but truly execute a performance. Oscar for
the best computer generated effects? Maybe.
Directed: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel.
This is an example of a film that knows exactly
what it is, exactly what it isn't and isn't going to
try to be anything more or less because of it. You
know exactly what you're getting: Jason Segel
and Cameron Diaz accidentally release a sex tape
to the internets which in turn results in their hi-
jinks to reclaim it. Jason Segel's presence confirms
a fun movie for the most part, again showing
2014's existence as a shelter for R rated comedies.
The Purge: Anarchy.
Directed by: James DeMonaco
Starring: Frank Grillo, Cameron Ejogo
The Purge was an alright film with a great con-
cept-where crime is legal for one day a year and
humanity is left to fend for themselves. The film
refused to acknowledge and play around with its
concept and chose to be a run-of-the-mill (albeit
well-acted) home invasion film instead of the
darkly comedic, social satire it could have been.
Now we have a sequel that has a remarkably ef-
fective trailer that shows that the writers have ac-
knowledged their mistakes.
Directed by : Brett Ratner
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane
Dwayne 'The Rock' 'The Muscles' 'The Tooth
Fairy' 'The Johnson' how far you've come. Not only
has he proven his likability as an actor but 2012's
underrated Pain and Gain would have been noth-
ing without him. All that's left is a superhero film,
which is essentially on the horizon. Hercules gives
Johnson the chance to strap on them swords and
sandals and hack at computer generated mon-
sters till his heart's content. With films like 300:
Rise of an Empire and The Legend of Hercules
also releasing this year, it's clear that fantasy ori-
ented period films are back in.
Directed by: Luc Beeson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Limitless 2. Here it is folks.
The film doesn't really try to distinguish itself
from Limitless in any way, even using the 'what
happens if we have access to 100% of our brain'
as a theme. It even employs a mature older actor
alongside its younger lead. Fool me once Holly-
wood shame on you. Fool me twice...I'll probably
watch your movie.
Johansson plays Lucy, a drug mule that has a
bag burst inside her causing the drugs to react
with her body's chemistry and give her the ability
to SWEAT EVERYBODY.
Johansson does have the ability to carry a film
both emotionally and physically proving her versa-
tility as an actress, so it's highly possible that she
can make this film (repeated plot and all) a suc-
cess. Godspeed Scarlett Johansson.
Next week we look at August movies.
This year is a fantastic one for Hollywood with them delivering movies that are just a
step beyond what they usually are.
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